Transitioning and Generational Cohort: Retirement

  • D. L. Wilke


While most persons in the United States look forward to the days when they are no longer a slave to the alarm clock or answering to bosses in work environments they perceive as less than ideal, their dreams often include more free time with close friends traveling or enjoying interests in common or the luxury of companionship with a spouse who still finds them attractive. But for those who are transitioning, have recently done so, or are planning to during retirement or those even experimenting with gender nonconforming presentations, their needs and means of staying connected to others are comparatively unique. This chapter will explore some of those unique needs and means of staying connected by discussing the findings of responses to a survey which was disseminated nationally among elder groups of those who fit into these categories. The sample was drawn from individuals in New York, Chicago, Indiana, Michigan, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles.


Connection Retirement Online friendship TGNC outreach Elder advocacy Gifts of aging Aging in place 



Chi Chapter Oakbrook, IL

Chicago Gender Society, Chicago, IL

Indiana Transgender Network Online Aggregate Resources

Michigan Transgender Alliance

Mosaic Health Goshen, IN

Over 40 Trans Male Facebook Group

PFLAG Michiana

PFLAG Michigan City

Program in Human Sexuality, University of MN, Minn

SAGE NYC, NY Midtown

SAGE Chicago, IL

T-FEM Chicago, IL

Trans Indy Indianapolis, IN

Trans Lounge LGBT Center, Los Angeles, CA

Transmasculine League of Michiana

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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. L. Wilke
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  1. 1.Compassionate, CounselingShorewoodUSA

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